Thursday, September 16, 2010

DIMES

Six Sentences was the first ezine to publish my stories. Thanks to the encouragment of Rob McEvily and his New York Times recognized publication, I've been on this writing journey for 3+ years now, and accept my rejections, enjoy my successes, and savor every minute of this process. Having said that...


...with my new position at my restaurant (Moonstones in case you find yourself in Chelmsford, MA) I am finding it difficult to find writing time. I will figure this all out soon, trust me, but until then I've decided to showcase some of the stories Rob accepted. This one originally appeared as part of a 6x6 collection. This is a fictional, semi-autobiographical piece *smirk*.


As always, comments accepted and appreciated.



DIMES


I find dimes, and that makes me smile. Sometimes I find them in obvious places, such as under cushions or on the sidewalk or even on the window ledge, but always dimes; never pennies or nickels or quarters.


One time a dime materialized on the kitchen counter after I sponged it clean and another time one fell on my forehead as I sunned myself in the backyard. They arrive whenever I don’t trust my decisions, to assure me, as if to say, “That’s right!”


I just came back from putting down my sick dog, and a dime twinkles from her empty food dish. Sure, the dimes reassure when I decide to play hooky from work, or when I resist the urge to spend money on a frivolity, but hell, I want -- no, make that need -- that shiny Roosevelt comfort when I wield the power of life and death in my hands.

19 comments:

Eric J. Krause said...

Neat story! Interesting concept of the dimes appearing to say everything is all right.

Mike Robertson said...

Glad to see your early work, Peg. May your future assurances all be silver dollars.

Linda said...

I love this story. You bring it home to a sad, sweet ending. Speaking of sweet endings -- how's that maple mascarpone cheesecake? I'll find you next time I'm up ;^) Peace...

pegjet said...

Eric & Mike, thank you for your support, as always. I look forward to seeing your names in my comments.

Linda--same to you, but also... SWEET! Sally our baker makes a mean, maple-mascarpone cheesecake with a crispy sugar-lace decoration that is to die for... will you be in Chelmsford soon? I'll buy your dessert.

Rob McEvily said...

Peggy, you rock.

John Wiswell said...

I'm glad you have steady and rewarding employment in this economy. Please take care of yourself, Peggy. #fridayflash and all that jazz will be around whenever you have the time.

I like this 6's quirk for a specific talisman. We all need these things.

David G Shrock said...

I like the dime as a talisman. Neat story. Moonstones is a cool name for a restaurant.

Bukowski's Basement said...

Yes, I remember this, Peggy... Was wonderful then. Still is...

Rachel Blackbirdsong said...

Interesting concept here. This is the perfect sort of flash, it tells the story from beginning to end and leaves me, the reader wanting more.

Rachel Blackbirdsong said...

Interesting concept here. This is the perfect sort of flash, it tells the story from beginning to end and leaves me, the reader wanting more.

Laurita said...

I remember this. You always remember the good ones.

Jim Bronyaur said...

I love short short stories when they hold so much in them... you can read this thing two or three times and find meaning. A real gem here. Glad I saw the link and clicked...

:)

Jim Bronyaur
http://bit.ly/9cn2Z4 <--- my #fridayflash this week

ThomG said...

This has a freshness, a lightness to it that you don't expect - but the reader appreciates. I'm sure you'll figure out the whole writing vs. working thing. You've been on this journey too long - and you are way too talented - to let it get you down. (Just don't forget us over at 3WW.)

Simon Kewin said...

That's a marvellous piece of work. Many thanks for sharing it.

Jay Thurston said...

Sorry to hear you schedule is cramping your writing time.

As for the Dime story, I am sure Roosevelt would be proud to be a part of the decisions and unexpected turns of your everyday life. As for the decisions you are uncertain about, at least there's a coin to flip at the ready. :-)

Deanna Schrayer said...

Maple marscapone cheesecake at Moonstones - good grief, is my mouth ever watering! How I wish I didn't live so far away...

This story is brilliant Peg! And you said it's "part autobiographical"? There must be someone who loved you very much, when they were here, watching over you.
Thank you for a lovely story.

austere said...

Stay lucky.

And "Seven crows a secret never to be told".

Reminds me of that. Somehow.

Melissa said...

I know what it's like to have to lay off the writing for a while to explore other things...good luck with the restaurant! As for this piece, loved it! So creative, the dimes. So poignant, the dime in the bowl (and reassuring to the reader as well?). Looking forward to your other Six Sentences pieces.

Rebecca Emin said...

Wonderful and very clever. Using only six sentences is quite a challenge, you did this very well.